|Hendrik Poinar: Bring back the woolly mammoth! - TED.com|
It’s the dream of kids all around the world to see giant beasts walk the Earth again. Could -- and should -- that dream be realized? Hendrik Poinar gives an informative talk on the next -- really -- big thing: The quest to engineer a creature that looks very much like our furry friend, the woolly mammoth. The first step, to sequence the woolly genome, is nearly complete. And it’s huge. (Filmed at TEDxDeExtinction.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; anthropology; deextinction; evolution; TEDxDeExtinction; 2013
|Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck - TED.com|
When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him a hemiplegic. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. In this mesmerizing tale of their meeting, Prager probes deep questions of nature, nurture, self-deception and destiny.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; anthropology; disability; storytelling; writing; TED2013; 2013
|Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trash - TED.com|
New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation. She walked the routes, operated mechanical brooms, even drove a garbage truck herself--all so she could answer a simple-sounding but complicated question: who cleans up after us?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; anthropology; business; culture; TEDCity2.0; 2013
|Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now - TED.com|
Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; anthropology; computers; culture; cyborg; future; technology; 2010
|Zeresenay Alemseged looks for humanity's roots - TED.com|
Paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged looks for the roots of humanity in Ethiopia's badlands. Here he talks about finding the oldest skeleton of a humanoid child -- and how Africa holds the clues to our humanity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; anthropology; exploration; global issues; human origins; humanity; paleontology; science; 2007
|Nina Jablonski breaks the illusion of skin color - TED.com|
Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, but she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; anthropology; biology; evolution; human origins; humanity; race; science; 2009
|Spencer Wells builds a family tree for humanity - TED.com|
All humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how his Genographic Project will use this shared DNA to figure out how we are -- in all our diversity -- truly connected.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; DNA; anthropology; culture; evolution; genetics; race; science; 2007
|Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures - TED.com|
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; anthropology; culture; environment; film; global issues; language; photography; 2003
|Louise Leakey digs for humanity's origins - TED.com|
Louise Leakey asks, "Who are we?" The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind -- and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; anthropology; apes; evolution; human origins; humanity; paleontology; science; 2008
|Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy - TED.com|
We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; anthropology; humanity; love; psychology; social media; society; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual - TED.com|
Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; anthropology; beauty; culture; faith; global issues; photography; religion; 2008